Ashurst

Life Sciences Department

Australia
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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice, noted for its strength in the intellectual property space, including patent disputes, licensing and distribution issues and trade mark matters. A frequent adviser to clients in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as medical device companies and medical research clients. Also provides assistance to life sciences clients in relation to competition disputes, transactions and regulatory matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the practical approach taken by the team, one noting: "They always provide excellent customer service and have a strong, pragmatic approach to any problems that may arise."

A further client adds: "They are responsive and thorough and have been able to maintain high quality."

Work highlights Acted for generic pharmaceutical company Sun Pharma in relation to patent litigation relating to the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipidil.

Notable practitioners


Kellech Smith
is "highly experienced in the pharmaceutical patent space in particular, and has a competitive edge with a science as well as legal background." She often acts for clients on patent disputes and is described by a client as "very easy to work with, with good interpersonal skills, and extremely dedicated to the client."


Stuart D'Aloisio
is described by a client as "a highly intelligent person who is very calm under the extreme pressures of litigation." He is frequently engaged by pharmaceutical clients on patent disputes, an interviewee noting: "He's extremely diligent, across all the detail, very well prepared and really good at producing good results."